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Google will bring Youtube service to Freesat

Installs as an app and will require an internet connection
Mon Feb 11 2013, 12:36
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Google has signed a deal with satellite TV broadcaster Freesat to bring its Youtube service to free to air TV for the first time.

It's been widely reported that the deal will bring a TV Youtube channel to Freesat so users can flick through the online video website on the main programming guide instead of having to hook up their television sets to the internet.

However, Google informs us that such reports are inaccurate and the app will require users' TVs to be connected to the internet.

"Youtube is not launching a TV channel," a Youtube spokesperson told The INQUIRER today. "Freesat is making a Youtube app available to Freesat users, based on the HTML5 browse app as seen on Virgin Media TiVo and similar services."

Freesat said the Youtube app will be available to its users on the service "soon".

With the addition of the Youtube app, Freesat also announced that it has sold its three millionth product, taking gross retail sales to well over £1bn, four years after the service launched in 2008.

Back in September 2012, Freesat announced a smart TV guide for its set-top boxes to rival Youview, enabling users to catch up on programmes they missed.

Then, Freesat announced a new smart TV guide called "free time" that lets users scroll backwards through TV listings. This lets customers watch TV programmes up to eight days after they originally air, and Freesat was the first satellite TV broadcaster to offer such a service in the UK. µ

 

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